Currently on display in the Beethoven Center:
Beethoven's Vienna: Music-Making, Machinery and Technology, the Imperial Capital and its Surroundings, Everyday Life, and Napoleon's Invasions in 1805 and 1809. Special Collections Exhibit Hall and Beethoven Center, King Library. January 26-Mary 25, 2013. Funded with support from the American Beethoven Society and the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of San Jose.
What do these items have in common: Engravings of bombardments, florists and honey sellers and camels; a lottery ticket; a Viennese cookbook from 1803; a zograscope and Vue d’optique prints; three locks of Beethoven’s hair; the last quill pen he ever used; music engraving tools; one of Mälzel’s first metronomes; and a Biedermeier coffee grinder and coffee maker? They all give us glimpses into the years 1792 to 1827 when Beethoven lived and worked in Vienna. Please visit the Beethoven Center for a more interactive experience with a period coffee grinder, ear trumpet, and metronome. Free.
Grand opening reception: Wednesday, February 6, 8:00 p.m. immediately following "To Quill or Not to Quill," First Wednesdays presentation.
Regular viewing hours M-TH 11-6, F 11-5, Sa 1-5.
Guevara Lock of Beethoven's Hair
The hair is on permanent exhibit at the Beethoven Center except when on loan to other institutions. No loans currently scheduled, but we advise you to call before your visit to inquire if the hair is available for viewing.
See also our online exhibits.